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2008 GMC Sierra - Paintless Perfection

Baring it all for the World

Mar 9, 2015
Photographers: Jeremy Cook
Paint does an excellent job of bringing out the beauty of a truck build. It accentuates a body line, gives depth to a flat surface, and can draw attention with flashy graphics or shiny flecks of metalflake. But it also works double duty by hiding imperfections. Metal is a surprisingly unforgiving surface to work with as any stray scratch, chunky weld, or inconsistency will be immediately noticed in a surface left in bare metal.
Seeing the in-between stage of a build usually is not so impressive with blotches of body filler, overly sanded areas and just a general look of roughness. To have a truck look this good in its raw state is a testament to working with metal and getting it looking absolutely amazing before the paint goes on.
Photo 2/11   |   Body Dropped 2005 Gmc Sierra Front Three Quarter
This ’08 GMC Sierra 1500, nicknamed Low Licious, was the brainchild of Ron Llamas who had an idea of what he wanted, and then set out finding the right shops to make that dream into a reality. But in order to have it sitting on the ground like this, some serious suspension and body mods had to take place.
In order to get flat on the ground, the frame was bridge notched by Ekstensive Metalworks, as a set of spindles was installed and a set of Slam Specialties ’bags with 3/8-inch valves were added up front, while a KP Components Kit brings down the rear. The engine was kept mostly stock, but a custom intake with a K&N filter was added, while the firewall was smoothed over to keep things nice and clean. This project is still in flux, as Ron is not yet certain what direction he wants to go with the motor, whether to do an engine swap or just detail it to perfection.
Photo 3/11   |   Body Dropped Gmc Sierra V8 Engine
Grant Kustoms handled all the metalwork, including giving the body a 3-inch drop and fabricating a custom bumper, while the front fenders were extended down and tubbed over the 255/30Z36 Dcenti tires that were fitted to 26x10 Hoyo wheels. The doors were re-skinned and extended downwards so no frame was showing, while the handles were shaved off for that all-around smooth look. The bedsides were extended down, and another set of tubs were grafted seamlessly into the raised bed floor while the bed itself was reshaped to match the door length. A custom tailgate was made to match the drop-angle of the bed floor with the handle relocated inside the bed. A custom roll pan was grafted in to round out the rear.
This is the first ’07-up Sierra finished in bare metal we’ve come across, and although it’s still on its way to being completed, it has been done with the utmost professionalism. An amazing level of metalwork, this Sierra will stand out on what has been done to not hide anything.
Photo 4/11   |   Body Dropped 2005 Gmc Sierra Bed
Ron has big plans for Low Licious and is far from done. The paintwork has been decided already and is going to be Blood Red Candy with ghost flames, all to be done by Final Finish Paint and Body in Sparks, Nevada. The interior will be totally custom, matching the Blood Red exterior. A stereo system has not really been decided quite yet, but Ron says, it’s going to be loud but not obnoxious.
“When you have a vision in your head, but don’t do the work yourself, you really have to be around to see the progress. There is a fine line you can’t cross when working with a custom artist of this caliber.” Said Ron, “Grant Kustoms really knocked it out of the park with this one, and I can’t wait for it to be finished.”
Photo 5/11   |   Body Dropped 2005 Gmc Sierra Rear Three Quarter
Inside the Build
Year/Make/Model: 2008 GMC Sierra
Owner and City/State: Ron Llamas (aka Big Delicious), Sparks, Nevada
Club Affiliation: Midnighters Car and Truck Club
Front Suspension: Ekstensive Metalworks spindles, Slam Specialties ’bags with ⅜-inch AccuAir valves
Rear Suspension: KP 4-link with cantilever, Slam Specialties ’bags with ⅜-inch AccuAir valves
Mods: 3½-inch body drop, hand-built cab floor, doors skinned and lowered, extended doors, custom fenders, bedsides that go to the ground, one-off front bumper, firewall smoothed, raised bed floor, custom tailgate, custom roll pan, gas filler relocated, body finished in bare metal, all metalwork done by Grant Kustoms
Interior: Plans for full custom, color matched to exterior paint
Stereo: Undecided, loud but not obnoxious
Wheels & Tires
Wheels: 26x10 Hoyo
Tires: 255/30z/36 Dcenti



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